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“The singing abruptly stopped and the towering white-haired figure began to speak. He was welcoming those of the new generation - twenty winters had passed since the 'Pure Ones' had expanded their ranks. The word 'pure' in this setting was a violence to what sense and composure I still retained, for nothing could have been more foul than what was to come. Thoss - and I employ this defunct identity only as a convenience - closed his sermon and drew closer to the dark-skinned altar. Then, with all the flourish of his former life, he drew back the topmost covering. Beneath it was a limp-limbed effigy, a collapsed puppet sprawled upon the slab. I was standing toward the rear of the congregation and attempted to keep as close to the exit passage as I could. Thus, I did not see everything as clearly as I might have.”
Thomas Ligotti - “The Last Feast of Harlequin”

WALL STREET JOURNAL FEATURE ARTICLE: "Penguin Classics to Publish Ligotti Stories"
Sep 21, 2015 - 1:01 PM - by Dr. Locrian

Horror writer Thomas Ligotti is about to enter the American literary canon.

Next month Penguin Classics will publish a volume of Mr. Ligotti’s short stories, making him one of 10 living writers, including Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo, among the hundreds the imprint has published in the U.S.

Mr. Ligotti’s oeuvre, which has the macabre flavor of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, has a fervent niche following. Last year, though, buzz surrounding the first season of HBO’s “True Detective” helped propel Mr. Ligotti’s bleak and, at times, darkly comic work to a broader audience.

Click here to read the full article, written by Michael Calia.

And follow up interview with Ligotti by Michael Calia.

Quotes by Thomas Ligotti​, Jeff Vandermeer, Livia Llewellyn​, S.T. Joshi, and our own Matt Cardin and Joe Pulver!

Featuring Ligotti portrait (above) by the incomparable Dave Felton​!


A version of the Ligotti article by Michael Calia will appear in tomorrow's (Friday, September 25th) USA edition of The Wall Street Journal, on page D3 of the Arena section.

Be sure to pick up a hard copy or two!
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Ligotti-related Article, "Art as Horror," on The R'lyeh Tribune
Aug 04, 2015 - 12:16 PM - by Dr. Locrian
Now and then The R’lyeh Tribune takes a break from its survey of early twentieth century horror, science fiction and fantasy to look at more contemporary work. It was a delight to learn recently that our local university English Department will be hosting a discussion next week of Thomas Ligotti’s Teatro Grottesco (2006) at its Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group. Teatro Grottesco is a collection of Ligotti’s short stories, some of which have appeared in previous collections, and includes revisions of earlier work. Several of these are thematically related, comprising a cycle of nightmares involving artists who are also lost souls.

I was not able to find the book locally, which is not surprising, given that his readership is small, though devoted. Like the echo of a typical Ligotti story, I discovered that staff in the book stores had heard of Teatro Grottesco, believed that they had seen it recently, but were currently out of stock. However, someone else had been in the store just a day or two earlier asking for the same book. None of their suppliers had the book; it would need to be special ordered, and would takes weeks to obtain. Recalling another master of understated horror from a century ago, I thought also of asking “Have you found the Yellow sign?”

Like Lovecraft and Poe, Ligotti can be a subtle writer, exhibiting considerable restraint and a leisurely pace. His work needs additional time and attention to savor the imagery and psychological effect of his disturbing fiction. He is one of those writers that is rewarding to read a second, even a third time. There is little graphic violence or suspense in his work, or decisive action—only a growing discomfort and anxiety. This culminates in a lingering dis-ease about the nature of reality and our ultimate fate, a chill not easily shaken. Avoid reading Ligotti in November or December if you are prone to seasonal affective disorder.
Go here for the whole article, which talks about Ligotti's work generally and homes in specifically on the writer's thoughts about "The Bungalow House."

"Art as Horror"

It's definitely worth your while.
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Ligotti discussed on C-Realm podcast
Jul 23, 2015 - 1:41 PM - by actualwolf
TCATHR is the topic of discussion on the 7/22/15 "C-Realm" podcast in an episode titled "MALIGNANTLY USELESS." Guest Kevin Dole identifies himself as a member of this very forum but does not disclose his user name.

Audio here:

The Red Tower was discussed on a previous episode of the "C-Realm Vault" though that requires a paid subscription.
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